We can all struggle with our mental health and wellbeing at times, however old we are.
If you are a child or young person in Kent and Medway, specific services to support you are just a text, call or a click on website or app away.
If you are aged between 10 to 25 years old, Kooth offers an online mental health community giving free and confidential advice. You can chat with a team member about anything that is on your mind.
Togetherall is for young people aged 16 to 18 in need of mental health support. It offers an online community that can be accessed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are also self-assessments and recommended resources, as well as a wide range of self-guided courses to do at your own pace.
NELFT provides all-age eating disorder services and child and adolescent (that’s up to age 18) mental health services for people living in Kent and Medway. You can find out more about these services on the NELFT website.
NELFT's child and adolescent mental health services have different names depending on where you live but both provide mental health advice and support for young people up to 18 years old and their families, whether you live in Kent or Medway.
If you live in Kent, it’s called the Kent Children and Young People's Mental Health Service.
If you live in Medway, it’s the Medway Young Persons Wellbeing Service.
(Why is it called NELFT? NELFT stands for the North East London NHS Foundation Trust. As well as providing children and young people’s services in Kent and Medway, the Trust also provides integrated adult community and mental health services for parts of both London and Essex, hence its name.)
ChatHealth is also available for young people aged 11 to 19 in Kent and offers a confidential and anonymous texting service to a nurse via 07520 618850. However, the service is only available Monday to Friday and between 9am and 5pm.
Created by young people for young people. If you are aged 10 to 16, Moodspark is a place where you can learn how to look after your emotional and mental health and find ways to help you bounce back when life gets tough.
Good Mental Health Matters
Good Mental Health Matters provides information to help you make small changes to improve your mental health and give you the tools you need to cope when things get tough. There are videos to watch on five ways to keep stress in check and protect your mental health.
Kent Youth Health
If you are of school-age (between four and 19 years old), through Kent Youth Health you (or your parent or carer) can contact the school health teams from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, including during school holidays.
You do not need to be in mainstream education, so if you are home-schooled or in a pupil referral until, you can still use this service for advice, support and help. Find out more including how to refer yourself at www.kentyouthhealth.nhs.uk
Children and Young People’s Counselling Service
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) offers a Children and Young People’s Counselling Service for four to 19 year olds, struggling with their emotional health. Although it’s located on the school health section of KCHFT's website, you do not have to be in school to access the service. If you want to find out more there are ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ available.
Mind and Body programme
The Mind and Body programme is delivered to 13 to 25-year-olds in school and the community to explore and better manage thoughts and behaviours associated with self-harm.
CHUMS specialist bereavement support
CHUMS offer specialist bereavement support to children and young people from 3½ up until their 26th birthday in Kent and Medway.
This specialist bereavement service is provided by a wide range of experienced, trained professionals and volunteers. Support can be tailored to provide evidence-based interventions to children and young people through 1:1, group and drop-in sessions.